Gaza update

as of  July 15, 2024

Since October 2023, our hearts have weighed heavy, and our minds have been consumed by the ongoing catastrophic destruction and humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Our teams on the ground have been working hard to ensure your support for Palestine is reaching those in most need. 

Islamic Relief has been on the ground, operating in Palestine since 1997. Working alongside the Ministry of Health, UN humanitarian organizations, and local partners, our staff and volunteers have been distributing aid throughout Khan Younis, Deir Al Balah, Zawayda, and Rafah every day since the escalations began.

We are delivering daily ready-to-eat meals in Gaza and have distributed more than 27 million meals so far, as well as other aid such as hygiene kits, clean water, and psychosocial support for children.

You can rest assured, your donation is in trusted hands.  


Distributions to Date

Last Updated July 15, 2024

Items Distribution Figures
Medical Supplies 2,274,000 items
Food Parcels 18,000 households
Food Vouchers 4,245 households
Fresh Vegetables 235,174 households
Ready-to-eat Meals 27 million meals 
Ready-to-eat Items 170,212 households
Mattresses & Blankets 37,139 households
Hygiene Kits + Items 60,738 households + 434 shelters
Clean Water 9.4 million individuals
Psychosocial Support 87,170 children
Healthcare Services 6,400 individuals

Areas We Are Working In

Gaza 2024 Frequently Asked Questions

What is the situation on the ground in Gaza? 

As of July 15, 2024, 38,664 Palestinians have been killed, 89,097 injured, and 1.9 million displaced in the Gaza Strip. The death toll in Gaza could exceed 186,000, according to a study published in the journal Lancet. 

Israeli occupation forces continue to commit massacres across Gaza. 17 Palestinians have been killed and 80 wounded in an Israeli attack on a UN-run school in Nuseirat camp. This marks the fifth bombing of a school filled with displaced Palestinians in just eight days.

The situation in North Gaza remains catastrophic. 500,000 people in the northern region of the Gaza Strip are threatened with famine, with diseases, including hepatitis and enteritis, rapidly spreading due to lack of water and nutrition. 

How much money has Islamic Relief spent in Gaza? 

As a global family, Islamic Relief has been able to send  $24M CAD  into Gaza since the escalations began in October 2023. The money is transferred to our implementing partner Islamic Relief Worldwide in the United Kingdom, which is then transferred to Islamic Relief staff in Gaza through local partners. 

Our staff in Gaza are using your donations to locally procure food, hygiene supplies, bedding, and any other essential item we can source. They screen and contract local suppliers and partners, who procure either locally or through private trading routes between Gaza and Egypt. With the level of our procurement, donations are routed through wire transfers to their Palestinian bank accounts.

If the Rafah crossing is closed, how is aid getting in?

Although the Kerem Shalom and Rafah borders are temporarily closed, aid routes remain open. Aid continues to enter and reach Palestinians through the Beit Hanoun crossing at North Gaza. 

In partnership with WFP, Islamic Relief remains operational and continues providing lipid nutrient supplements and hot meals to vulnerable rightsholders within the Gaza strip.

What is Islamic Relief doing with ongoing donations? 

We continue to fund ongoing aid to address the immediate needs of entire communities in Gaza, with some examples listed in the previous section. 

In Ramadan, we distributed hot iftar meals to families in need. These meals consisted of nutritious and culturally appropriate food items, ensuring that recipients could break their fast in a dignified manner.

During Dhul Hijjah, our Qurbani in Gaza prioritized sourcing high-quality animals in Egypt and completing the sacrifice there, before freezing the meat and transporting it for distribution in Gaza. Your Qurbani sacrifice is expected to reach 118,710 people in Gaza.

For the additional funds that are coming in and those we are unable to use at the moment, we are assessing opportunities to invest in long-term development programming, including rebuilding efforts. Sustainable development programming is just as vital as providing emergency relief, so your donations will be used to uplift communities. 

If supplies are running out, how is Islamic Relief procuring them? 

Prices in Gaza have surged dramatically, often experiencing markups of 100-300% above normal rates. Supplies, though limited, are available but at a cost unaffordable to most. But this is where your donation makes the biggest difference! Your donations allow our team on the ground to secure essential items from local markets and suppliers and make them available to the people of Gaza – despite the limited supplies and surge in prices. 

Additionally, through our partnership with the WFP, we have access to food supplies coming in and are able to distribute these in an effective manner. Through your donations, we have allocated over $30,000 to implement daily hot meals preparation, and that number continues to grow. 

Most of our current interventions have relied on local procurement, but also procurement through Egypt. Islamic Relief has successfully facilitated aid trucks entering Gaza through the Egypt border crossing, which has helped to alleviate some of the pressure on the ground. We are also actively exploring additional avenues of aid through various border crossings. 

We are also sourcing other essential items locally. For example, Islamic Relief recently installed locally sourced and constructed portable toilets in Rafah. The initiative was part of our efforts to address urgent sanitation needs in the area. It's important to note that while certain goods, such as food aid, remain a priority, other essential items, like sanitation facilities, are also prioritized to ensure basic needs are met.

Despite the obstacles, we remain committed to ensuring that critical aid reaches those in need in Gaza.

What long-term projects do we have planned?  

In the current context, we primarily focus on addressing the need for immediate and life-saving support. The viability of sustained, long-term efforts hinges on maintaining consistent and secure humanitarian access. This is an unattainable position without an immediate and permanent ceasefire. 

Although plans are subject to change, we anticipate long-term activities to encompass livelihood initiatives such as cash-for-work and multi-purpose cash programs, as well as commitments to water, sanitation, and hygiene projects. We will likely extend our current psychosocial support programming for children to include entire families, focus on providing tailored therapy and care, and expand on recreational activities.

What areas is Islamic Relief working in? 

Islamic Relief is presently active in North Gaza, Deir Al Balah, Zawayda, Al Nusairat, Khan Younis, and Rafah.

Our emergency response efforts are being conducted in collaboration with local partners: one operating in the Middle Area, another serving Rafah and Khan Younis, and two partners distributing hot meals in North Gaza. Each partner is assigned Islamic Relief staff to oversee project implementation.

I have family in Gaza, why can't you help them? 

We understand the desire to direct aid to specific individuals, however, to maintain equal access, we are unable to fulfill such requests. We consistently work to diversify our distribution points, ensuring that aid reaches as many people as possible. 

It is important to note that no person will be denied aid at our distributions; however, our commitment to equity drives us to prioritize equal access for all. Our focus remains on supporting shelters to the best of our ability and providing assistance through our local partners.

We look forward to continuously providing you with further updates.

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